11 best Etsy stores to shop vintage

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Secondhand shopping is a great way to expand your wardrobe, accessories and home decor while limiting overconsumption. While buying from sustainable clothing brands and recycling your clothes are great ways to make sustainable living easy, thrifting can also help you find unique items that suit your own personal style. Today, platforms like Etsy, Depop, and Poshmark make this process a lot easier.

Etsy isn’t just for unique handmade items, but it makes secondhand and eco-friendly shopping a breeze, directing you to the most interesting vintage or reworked items with a quick search. In this guide we’ve rounded up some of the best sustainable and second-hand shops, with items from reworked jackets to vintage charms and scented candles.

This carefully curated vintage store in Canada is filled with the most nostalgic ’90s pieces. Shop dresses, jeans, sweaters and more at Element Blonde if you love the ’90s aesthetic, or browse their vintage inventory, ranging from 60s to Y2K. If you want unique pieces on a budget, check out the ‘On Sale’ section where you can find all types of clothing at 25% off.

If you want the most unique swimsuit on the beach this summer, look no further than Athenita’s Closet. This collection of vintage swimsuits is straight out of the 90s and early 2000s. If you don’t shy away from colors and intricate patterns, Athenita’s Closet is the best place to buy high-quality, eco-friendly swimwear. This California store has something for everyone, with a variety of offerings for all different types of cuts and styles.

The Vintage Art Crafts is known for processing textiles into unique, sustainably made clothing. This store produces expertly crafted jackets and robes from India and ships free to the United States. For just $40 you can own an ethically made jacket that makes a statement.

For the pop culture and band tee enthusiast, The Captain’s Vintage, based in Philadelphia, is definitely the Etsy shop for you. This thrift store offers a wide range of rare collectibles from iconic bands like The Cure, Pearl Jam and Metallica, while also offering more affordable vintage graphic T-shirts and sweatshirts. The Captain’s Vintage also has options for men, women and children, making it a great place to shop sustainably for everyone in your life.

If you’re looking for vintage jeans that have stood the test of time, check out FindsNostalgic, a store that sells jeans from all brands, decades and styles. Buying second-hand jeans is not only good for the environment, but also a great way to add this garment to your wardrobe for a fraction of the price. If you are concerned about sizing, FindsNostalgic offers all measurements of each pair of jeans listed to ensure the perfect fit.

Vintaged Charm is for the jewelry fanatic who likes to add a personal touch to necklaces or bracelets with charms that you can mix and match. Inspired by traditional Old English charms, this shop uses sterling silver to handcraft each unique piece. Add an assortment of these unique designs to a carabiner on a chain or purchase a charm bracelet from Vintaged Charm to keep your collection all in one place.

Looking for a new make-up bag? Get these handmade, coquette-inspired pouches, perfect for all your cosmetics or toiletries, handmade in Florida. Not only are these bags sustainably made and ideal for travel, but they also fit your entire makeup routine and are easy to clean.

PVD Vintage Jewelry located in Rhode Island has a wide selection of vintage jewelry to suit almost anyone’s personal style. From vintage gemstone rings to designer necklaces, this store is perfect if you’re looking for a high-quality, everyday staple that makes a statement.

If you’re looking for a clean candle brand that uses natural materials, Paige’s Candle Co. the Etsy shop for you. Made from vegan soy wax, enjoy a chemical-free scented candle with notes from hazelnut and coffee to green tea and citrus. These hand-poured NYC candles create an experience when you walk into a room, making them perfect for gifting. If you want to gift candles to a large group, this store also does customizable bulk orders.

For anyone who loves to decorate with unique trinkets, Vintage Penny Lane has an endless supply of original, vintage and naturally sourced items to brighten up your home. The collection of vintage frames can add an extra element to any family memory. If you like kitschy mugs and ceramics, Vintage Penny Lane has a wide selection to choose from. If you purchase three or more items from this store at once, you’ll get 30% off at checkout with code 30OFF.

Do you want to limit your daily waste? Check out Manic Earth’s easy-to-clean, reusable paperless paper towels, made in South Carolina. Place these absorbent cotton towels in your kitchen to clean up any mess quickly and sustainably, while never having to worry about buying a new roll of paper towels again. These handmade home essentials are normally very affordable, but now everything in the Manic Earth store is an extra 25% off.